Colorado the skinniest state

I just perused the 2008 results of an obesity survey and, as I’ve stated to many people in the past from my own observations, Colorado is the skinniest state. Another reason why living there was so great. If you are an endurance athlete, such as I’ve been defined, it is the best place to live because the entire state is your playground, chalk full of parks, hiking trails, bicycle commuting trails, mountain biking trails, campgrounds, ski resorts, cross country skiing trails–whatever your pleasure! I did notice while there, without any prompting, that there were a lot less fat people there than Ohio. Turns out the reason I noticed that was because Ohio is the 15th fattest state!

I personally think that the reason Ohio ranks so low is because we have such a long winter with clouds that makes it extremely uninviting to go outside. In contrast, Colorado has so many more sunny days in the winter so even when it’s cold, you want to go out and do something. And there’s plenty of outdoor winter activities to pursue. When I lived there, I skied every other weekend (passes at resorts come fairly cheaply to residents).

Another thing I noticed about Colorado is that a lot less people smoked. Again, when you’re running around doing healthy things that require a lot of air in the lungs, you’re less likely to want to much them up with tar and whatever other garbage you throw into your lungs through smoking. When I returned to Ohio, I noticed that I was encountering a lot more clouds of smoke wherever I went.

Just something to think about. I know I accolade my favorite state a bit much. But, hey, you can’t argue with the facts! And I have seen first hand the proof of these statistics. I lived it.

14 thoughts on “Colorado the skinniest state

  1. I noticed a lot of obesity in Indiana. Seattle seems skinnier than Portland. Not sure why that is. Maybe a bigger city has something to do with it? NYC didn’t seem very “fat”. Maybe all the coffee here keeps the metabolism up ;)? In other news, I’m getting a tattoo, a celtic knot, on Aug. 23!

  2. I think a lot more outdoorsy people live in Seattle… or so it seems from those outdoorsy people I know who long to live in different places (Seattle being one of the oft heard choices). I hear they have a huge cycling community as well.Good luck on the tattoo. Make sure you eat something really sugary before you go in. I always have to. It keeps your blood sugar up so that you dont get faint. It doesnt hurt, really, it’s just kind of annoying. Some spots hurt more than others, but they do it in 30 second spurts so when you hit a particularly painful area, you just gotta grit your teeth and know that it will be over soon (for a little bit until they start that area again). For some reason, my body gets all weird and reacts even though it doesnt hurt as much as you think it would. I’ve found the sugar thing works well. The last time I went, I didnt get faint at all. And I kept thinking, “This just feels like an Epilady… that’s all!” It kind of sounds like one too.

  3. One thing I notice from these statistics that is that no one is doomed to be fat. Obesity really is hugely related to what people eat and how they live their lives, its that simple. Some folks are going to be chunkier than others, but no one is doomed to be fat. I mean, we’re not talking about a few people in Seattle are skinnier because they ride their bikes, we are talking about a significant part of the population is thinner.You don’t have to be a crazy exercise fanatic either, you just have to live moderately. Typical midwestern potlucks have potato salad, mararoni salad, hot dogs and hamburgers all on white bread buns. Just substitute chips and salas or pita and hummus, maybe some grilled veggies to go with the meat… all that can make a huge difference over the course of a lifetime.I sympathize with people who are overweight, though… they live in a culture that does not support healthy living.

  4. Well, I agree with you, Frank, about the food. But I still contend that a healthy dose of exercise is also in order. You dont need to be an endurance athlete… But the fact that the weather is more inviting for walks or light exercise in some other states probably helps a lot. Like I said, I was more compelled to go outside and walk in Colorado because though there was snow on the ground, it was sunnier. But, then, I’m definitely afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder… So how sunny it is outside makes a huge difference on my mood… and my energy level.

  5. More people in cities should ditch their cars. I am in better shape now than I was in my early 20’s when i was chunky and drove a car everywhere. If I want to go somewhere now I have to walk, and push a stroller, I get my exercise throughout the day which is a great way to work it in to my busy life. Max gets fresh air too :)

  6. I wish I didnt need a car… Unfortunately, I just dont live in an area where it is feasible to go without. Maybe the high gas prices will force people to become more provincial, keeping to their own locals more often. If I lived somewhere like where you lived, Sarah, I’d just ride my bike everywhere.I am trying to use my car less… My new job is closer to home and does not involve using a highway to get to. That will be good. Might be able to ride my bike to work a few days a week… (if it would STOP RAINING in Ohio).

  7. Yeah, I know it’s not logical for everyone to go without cars. I think it would be great if the high gas prices force people to bike, and walk more (and use public transportation if it’s feasable). People then might get healthier with the exercise that’s worked into their day.

  8. Sarah,I am seriously considering ditching my car, thanks to comments you have made about it. Right now, I’m just pondering the logistics of it. In Columbus, OH, we have a decent bus line, but commutes can be long. I also don’t live that far from work, so biking is an option (need to get my bike fixed). I might be moving soon, so that might affect my commute time, so that has to be taken into consideration. I also have to check on the price and feasibility of renting a car, which I would need to visit my parents who live 2.5 hours away by car.So I have some details to work out, but I think its very do-able. And you are right, just getting “out there” in the elements and using your body on a regular basis is a great thing.I figured that I pay probably $6-7 grand every year to operate this car! That’s a lot of money. Its just about what I pay for my apartment. When you consider that the pre-tax money would be about 10grand, then I could get myself a 10 grand raise just by ditching the car!

  9. Biking can suck in the rain, though. Which, I point out, Ohio has an overabundance of. And then there’s winter…. (Mars Girl stops riding her bike when temps go below 50 degrees. Mars Girl HATES to be cold.)However, get your bike fix, Mister! I am sure that’s much cheaper than paying for a car!!

  10. Yeah, I am concerned about some of that. The good news is that the bus is also an option, I just hope it doesn’t take a 30 minute commute and turn it into 1.5 hours!

  11. I so wish we had excellent public transportation like Europe…For once, I have something negative to say about Colorado. Brace yourself. Denver’s public transportation wasnt the best. My ex-bf once tried to see if he could find a way to commute to work (south side of the city) from his apartment (north side). Turns out, it would take half a day with all the line switches. BLEH!!

  12. Nice thing about Columbus is you can go halfers–they let you take your bikes on a bus ride. I <>know<> I can hop on the High St. bus, which swings by regularly. That would take me halfway to anywhere I want to go. If I can’t get a good connection, then I can just bike the rest of the way.

  13. Well, there you go! If you’re worried about commuting by bike the whole way (as you expressed in an email earlier today), then you should start by attempting a commute to work this way…Try it now, while its summer, before you sell your car, to see if it works for you…

  14. Frank,Getting rid of a car is a big step! I sold mine because I had a car payment and my car was a lemon. My husband sold his old car because it was falling apart and needed costly repairs. If I had a car that was paid off and not a money pit, I probably would have kept it. I was really nervous when I sold my car, and didn’t take the bus much until my car was gone. I was lucky, living in Portland, Oregon which has great public transportation, I worked downtown and lived within a few miles of my job. Heidi’s advice is good, try being car-free for awhile, while you still have your car. As far as visiting your parents, I find car rentals to be very affordable. Could you take a train or bus? I would also make sure that you can get to most of the things that you want (friends houses, movies, recreational stuff) on the bus or your bike before taking the leap. I love being car-free, but I also am lucky to live in Seattle. I really think now when I’m going out, like if I’m downtown, I’ll hit the post office and drug store and any other errands, making the most of my time. I also order a lot of things online, and I have organic produce delivered (no room for a garden in my apartments). We save bunches of money this way. To get by when we need a car we use zipcar, a city car share, and when a good friend goes out of town we drop her off and pick her up from the airport and use her car while she is gone. I take advantage of these times to go to places that take a long time on the bus (dentist) and do big grocery shopping trips. Good luck making your decision, being car free can be very liberating!

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